I’ve thought long and hard on this one, and I’ve recently come to the conclusion that New England’s offense is too good to be true this year. Tom Brady is an excellent player; he’s already a hall of famer and one of the best to ever play the position. It’s hard to say anything negative about anything he’s involved in. The guy can even procreate like it’s nobody’s business.
But what’s interesting is that Brady’s always been able to do so well with a mediocre receiving corps, one void of egos. Now he has some egos to deal with, specifically Randy Moss’ ego. I’m on record saying New England is a great landing spot for Moss because Brady and the rest command his respect, but that doesn’t mean I’m in love with the Patriot offense.
Obviously, there is excellent potential here, but let me paint the ugliest of pictures; I think you’ll find it to be realistic.
Moss, who despite running a supposed 4.3 40 in the spring, reportedly has a pair of bad ankles. You may not see that reported, but that’s what I’ve heard. His body is clearly breaking down, and then you have the issue of how [...]
We’re right at our deadline for the print magazine this week, so I’m locked into that. We’re going to get the whole magazine up by Monday, maybe sooner, and then it’ll smooth sailing from then on.
Again, I’m burried in magazine work, so today seemed as good a time as any to steal some content from the magazine to save me some time posting to the blog. I’ll save the actual interview for another 10-14 days until we post the magazine online, but here is my introduction to this year’s cover story – and interview with REGGIE BUSH.
by John Hansen
There’s nothing better than the NFL Playoffs. There’s no shortage of entertainment, of course, but the post-season is especially gratifying for me because it signals the end of 5-7 consecutive months of intense work and insane coffee consumption. For once, I can kick back and take pleasure in some NFL football knowing I don’t have an 80-hour work week ahead of me. And the football I view isn’t your typical mid-season fare; it’s high drama.
Unfortunately for yours truly, I’m able to rest easy for only a week or two after the regular season ends before I’m starting to map out a plan for the next season. One of the first things I do is consider which player I want to interview and put on the cover of this fine periodical. Back in 2004, it [...]
I gotta say, there’s nothing like seeing Randy Moss quit on the field live and in person. You can only see so much on TV. Back in 2000, I was on the field level for the NFC title game. The Giants jumped out to an early and expansive lead. Bored, I focused my attention to Moss. I watched him on every play and I can tell you for a fact that Moss quit well before halftime of that game. I fully expect Moss to behave this year and actually try on the field now that he’s in New England and with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. It certainly doesn’t reflect well on Moss, but it’s the reality, and I’ve taken it into consideration when ranking Moss (although I think I’m ranking him lower than pretty much everyone else out there this year).
With Willis McGahee, I feel almost the same way. This is a guy who skipped a lot of voluntary work with the Bills, bashed the city, and displayed attitude problems and voiced contract demands. He was the only team veteran to skip the May minicamps last year, and attending was crucial because the team has [...]
As you may know, I’m knee-deep in football for the magazine, so I thought I would take today to talk a little baseball. If you’re a fantasy baseball player, I’m sure you’ve been reading our fantasy baseball stuff this year and you’re familiar with new contributor Mike Gill. Mike, as you may know, hosts a show on the local ESPN Radio affiliate in my area, and he also was an accomplished baseball player in High School and college. But what you may not know is that he’s a son of a bitch.
See, Mike coaches in the Atlantic Shore Babe Ruth league, the same league my 14-year old son plays in. Ironically, he coaches the team from Ventnor, which is where our offices are, and my son plays for the town we live it. His Ventnor team is one of the best teams in the league, if not the best, and they entered our game last week with an 8-1 record. They have this kid, I won’t name his name, but he’s nothing short of a man-child. He’s in the same grade as my son, and in fact they both go to the same parochial [...]